Compass (My way)


This is my first attempt in making a wooden compass. It took me some time, which I for some reason have plenty of.

I had some bamboo cut offs that I decided to use.
Pic # 5 is the starting point. The piece is 300mm./ 14" long, 32mm./ 1 1/4" wide and 19mm./ 3/4" thick. Since the hinge was to be halflap I drilled 2 holes with a 30mm. forstner bit to half the depth. I then cut out the tapers on the bandsaw to what I thought would be pretty.
One leg was cut for the pencil so there would be a compression fit plus an elastic to hold the tip end. the other end drilled for a sharpened nail with the head cut off.
The top end was shaped after the 1/4" bold was fitted. I chiseled out for the hex end of the bolt and glued it with epoxy.
The tightening nut is made from Walnut and is tapped with a metal tap 1/4" by 20. After that I installed some, 400 grit sandpaper, for friction, on one side of the halflap with double sided tape.
Finish is linseed oil.

All in all a fun project with a lot of things to figure out as I tried not to copy anything I have seen before.


Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Looks to be a very functional and well engineered piece.


Necessity is the mother of invention! The way the pencil is held in place is genius.

Losing fingers since 1969

That’s awesome. And it has a slot for the pencil .. huh!!!

Now, what was the inspiration behind making this?

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

That’s great , shop made tools are personal and something to be proud of.

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

DebbieP: I was trying to make something new that I had not seen before, and also I wanted a compass.


Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.